Facility to better prepare first responders

A disaster training facility in Lawrence County will better prepare not only local first responders but emergency officials states away.

Girl in central Texas dies after contracting brain-eating amoeba

No new measles cases reported; US outbreak is fading

  Kids’ Color Run helps community’s health through fitness

  Rehab program helps cancer patients and survivors stay healthy

Some young adults may not be immune from the mumps

  Possible Mo. medical marijuana growing and selling locations released

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Abortion, border wall put major spending bills into disarray

  Group works to battle substance abuse, help people

  Coroner: Driver clutched his chest, slumped over before Mississippi school bus crash

  Facility opens to help mental health

Georgia fans plan to #WearPinkForWendy on Saturday vs. Arkansas State

Lawmakers call for study into health effects of vaping

Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health?

Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity.

Juul warned over claims its e-cigarette is safer than smoking

FDA officials said Juul also made the pitch at school presentations.

  Running to keep families together, focus of event

With sneakers laced and runners stretched, 180 people were ready to show their support towards keeping mothers and children united.

73-year-old woman gives birth to twins in India

The mother and her 80-year-old husband have been married since 1962 but were not able to conceive naturally.

  Memphis VA doctor killed in California dive boat fire

US health officials report new vaping deaths, repeat warning

  St. Jude scientists using world’s strongest magnet for research

  Tests of Overton Park lake water find algae toxins that could be harmful to dogs

  Free services available for those with opioid addiction

Carmakers to add alerts to prevent child heatstroke deaths

  Van to bring health to rural Arkansas

A large van doesn’t just transport people, but medicine to parts of Arkansas who need help the most.

$200,000 grant given to group to help fight opioids in the state

A grant was given to a local Region 8 nonprofit organization to help battle opioids in portions of Arkansas.

More than 2,100 seek to operate medical marijuana facilities

Missouri has received more than 2,100 applications from businesses that want to run medical marijuana facilities.

  Suicide on the farm: How one man is trying to save lives

Suicide, a conversation no one wants to have that's affecting our farmers. But one man is trying to help.

  City adds new storm siren, makes upgrades to fire dept.

The city of Cherokee Village approved several upgrades in their August City Council meeting.

  Exercise equipment added to popular nature trail

Some upgrades at the Tohi Nature Trail in Cherokee Village are finally finished.

‘Fussy eater’ goes blind after diet of white bread, Pringles and French fries

To prevent similar cases, researchers are urging doctors to ask patients about their dietary history as part of routine examinations.

About 25,000 pounds of raw beef recalled

The government agency calls the raw beef products by American Beef Packers, Inc., “unfit for human consumption.”

Ark. medical marijuana dispensaries ring in $7.14M in sales

According to state officials, the amount sold surpassed 1,000 pounds on Friday.

  A-State kicks off season with Game Day 5k

Saturday kicked off what has become a game day tradition at Arkansas State University for the past 3 years.

  Heartland family reacts to thousands of kidneys being thrown out every year in the United States

A new study posted by JAMA Internal Medicine this week says 20 percent of donated kidneys in the United States are thrown out every year.

Medical marijuana cultivation facility taking applications

A medical marijuana cultivation facility in Newport is now looking to hire employees.

  Hepatitis A outbreak continues, Mo. health officials urge food workers to get vaccinated

With more than 400 cases of Hepatitis A in the last two years and counting, Missouri health officials are urging people at risk of getting the virus, including workers in the food industry to get vaccinated.

  Only NICU in NEA helps to fill need

On the fifth floor, the only neonatal intensive care unit in this part of the state is near full capacity.

  Lyon College football team shows support for coach with cancer

The Lyon Scots football team kick off their season of Saturday, but a bigger battle is beginning for Offensive Coordinator Kris Sweet.

  Prescription drugs laced with fentanyl in southeast Missouri

Officers say they're finding more and more prescription drugs laced with fentanyl.

Record number of overdose deaths reported in Shelby County over 24-hour span

Five people died in a span of 16 overdoses within 24 hours in Shelby County, according to Shelby County Health Department.

Federal judge blocks Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban

A ban on most abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won't take effect as scheduled in Missouri

  Tests reveal algae at Shelby Farms Park not harmful

Testing at Shelby Farms Park revealed the water there is not toxic, according to Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.

Mid-South states ranked among worst to raise baby

Out of 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Mississippi ranked 51, Arkansas ranked 45, and Tennessee is 38.

State awards contract to boost hepatitis A vaccination rate

Missouri health officials have signed a contract designed to boost the rate of people vaccinated against hepatitis A as the number of cases of the liver disease increases

Planned Parenthood asks judge to pause Missouri abortion law

Critics of new abortion restrictions in Missouri are headed to court to try to block the law from taking effect on Wednesday

Event helps with giving to save lives

The money funds community health education and AED placement and training.

  Former NFL Star in Region 8 encouraging early detection for breast cancer

Region 8 former NFL star Deangelo Williams is in town for the weekend, encouraging early detection for breast cancer.

  Church pays off $3 million in medical debt, helping nearly 1,600 people

The goal was to help people in Pope, Johnson and Conway counties, with church leaders working with a New York-based non-profit, RIP Medical Debt, on the issue.

Boil order lifted for parts of Pocahontas

Pocahontas Water Works issued Wednesday a limited boil water order.

Doctors pull brown recluse out of woman’s ear in Mo.

She thought it was water in her ear, but when it wouldn't go away, she went to see a doctor.

Genetic test scam targets Medicare recipients

Genetic testing scams have become so rampant, the Department of Health and Human Services put out a fraud alert.

Missouri election official fires back over abortion lawsuit

Missouri's top election official is firing back after abortion-rights advocates sued him for allegedly impeding their work to put one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws to a public vote

Can nicotine help patients suffering from memory loss?

While a cure is the ultimate hope, some are researching ways to delay the start of the disease.

Planned Parenthood sees swift fallout from quitting family planning program

Planned Parenthood and several other providers withdrew from the Title X program rather than comply with a newly implemented rule prohibiting participating clinics from referring women for abortions.

  A Better Region 8: Opioid epidemic in Arkansas

State health information shows that last year, there were more opioid prescriptions filled in Arkansas than there are people.

Critics of Missouri abortion law sue over referendum failure

Abortion-rights advocates are suing following a failed attempt to put new Missouri abortion restrictions to a public vote

  Fire department works on grain bin safety

Chief Kemper said training will continue until everyone on staff is fully qualified to operate the safety tool.

  More opioid prescriptions than residents in Arkansas, report shows

Three of the highest prescribing counties were in Region 8 - Poinsett, Stone and Lawrence, with the highest prescribed opioid in the state being Hydrocodone.

Missouri health officials raise concerns about hepatitis A outbreak

Officials are raising concerns that a hepatitis A outbreak in Missouri could worsen.

  Breast cancer screenings important, doctor says

According to Dr. Abdel-Karim, screenings for genetic mutations is important. Specifically checking for BRCA mutation one and two is suggested.

Gov. Hutchinson announces new helpline for mental health, drug addiction issues

A new hotline has been set up by the Arkansas Department of Human Services to direct callers in crisis to the appropriate lines of help.

  St. Jude emphasizes importance of HPV vaccine during Vaccine Awareness Month

August is Vaccine Awareness Month, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is making sure people know that there is a vaccine that prevents cancer.

  Memorial service plans made for Wendy Anderson

Coach Blake Anderson announced Tuesday his wife, Wendy, had succumbed to cancer.

Komen Arkansas urging importance of early detection for breast cancer

The passing of Wendy Anderson casts a shadow over a battle many woman in Arkansas continue to fight, breast cancer.

Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 patients

A pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he was impaired on duty has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients

  St. Bernards announces infant memorial program

St. Bernards has created an infant memorial program that is the first of its kind in the region.

  Heartland farmers are excited about the opportunity to grow Hemp

Some local farmers say it’s the miracle they’ve been waiting for. They’re talking about the chance to grow industrial hemp in Missouri.

2 more medical marijuana dispensaries set to open soon

Officials say two more medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to open in northwest Arkansas this year

  Smoking policy to restrict smoking at VA facilities

According to VA staff, the facilities have historically permitted smoking in designated areas.

7th grade boy donates $15,000 earnings from Huron County Fair to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Western Reserve Schools is commending one of their seventh grade students for an act of kindness that is helping other kids his age in need.

Tick-borne disease can make you allergic to meat/mammal products

Doctors and residents in northwest Arkansas warn of a tick bite that can make you allergic to meat and mammal products.

  Bouncing to get the energy out at back to school bash

It’s not just parents who need to relieve some stress, kids do, too.

Tyson recalling nearly 40,000 lbs. of chicken patties due to foreign matter contamination

The USDA classifies the health risk as "high."

State extends deadline for medical marijuana applications

Missouri is giving businesses that want to run medical marijuana facilities more time to file applications

US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed 13 new warnings that would appear on all cigarettes, including images of cancerous neck tumors, diseased lungs and feet with amputated toes.

  Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, August 15 that a medication used to treat migraines was being pulled from shelves because continued use could lead to serious, life threatening infections.

Bus stop safety tips for school children

It’s not just motorists who must obey the rules when a school bus stops. So should children.

  Legionnaires’ cases are soaring in the US; experts call for stronger policies to fight the disease

Experts say annual cases of Legionnaires' jumped more than fivefold from 2000 to 2017, and that as many as 70,000 Americans get the disease every year.

  UPDATE: Child injured by falling furniture begins kindergarten

She continually makes progress, and in April, the tracheotomy was removed including the feeding tube. She has become more mobile in her wheelchair and although she is non-verbal, she is able to communicate using her hands.

Scientists are working on a cat vaccine to relieve allergic reactions by people

The vaccine would be given to cats to block a protein that causes allergies in humans.

  300 race in support of healthy lifestyles

This is the 16th year for the race, and according to race director Niki Crocker, it keeps getting bigger.